Early February marks the annual pilgrimage of LA-based children's entertainment executives to the New York Hilton for Kidscreen Summit, the premiere conference celebrating both animated and live-action fare for youth. If you are among the masses soon to be en route to the festivities, heed this advice: plan your party schedule now. The corresponding clambakes are fast and furious in the city that doesn't sleep. Here is the scoop on the happenings. Most of them are open to all registered attendees. Curiosity-seekers are welcome to a select few celebrations.
Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. - A Kidscreen badge will grant access to the official Kidscreen Liftoff Party at Little Airplane Productions on the South Street Seaport.
Tuesday, February 5, 6 p.m. - Rumors have spread that the Quebec Government Office will host an invitation-only soiree, but the LA Animation Examiner denies any knowledge of same, unless she is spotted at the event.
Wednesday, February, 6, 5 p.m. - Official Kidscreen Delegates will be welcome at the Kidscreen Gala, including the Kidscreen Awards and After Party at the Hilton Hotel.
Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. - Children's Media Association will host a networking night at the Oldcastle Pub and Restaurant. Toss your badge aside and party hearty! Confab credentials are not necessary.
Friday, February 8, 6 p.m. - Women in Animation and Toon Boom will buy the first round of wine inside the Hilton's Bridges Bar. Bring a business card for entry into this veritable schmooze fest which closes the week.
For last-minute registration to Kidscreen Summit, see http://summit.kidscreen.com/2013/. The price of admission is dear, but it is worth every penny for true kids' content creators, distributors, and kowtowers.